Merchant's Inn voted best rugby pub in UK for second year running - The Rugby Observer

Merchant's Inn voted best rugby pub in UK for second year running

Andy Morris 27th Mar, 2019   0

HERE’S to the best rugby pub in the country, which has achieved a Grand Slam by winning the title for a second year running.

The Merchant’s Inn has kept the title of Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens Rugby Pub of the Year in the birthplace of the game by beating three other renowned rugger-centric watering holes in a public vote.

The Merchant’s beat the Sup & Chow in Cheltenham, Queenshead Hotel in Kelso and Queen’s Arms in Edinburgh to the prestigious prize.

The pub won last year’s inaugural title – introduced to mark the annual Melrose Sevens tournament in the eponymous Scottish town – by beating the famous Cabbage Patch in Twickenham into second place.

Manager James Reeve said: “It’s absolutely amazing to win this award especially when we were up against such tough competition, including two pubs much closer to the home of Melrose Sevens than we are, so I am genuinely shocked but very happy.

“Our regulars got behind the voting and have been talking about it – and one even wrote a poem about why we should win pub of the year, so a massive thanks goes to all the people who voted for us.

“We have a space at the right-hand side of the front door for our winner’s plaque, on the opposite side of last year’s plaque. It’s awesome to be the winner again.”

Voters praised the pub for its special atmosphere, with one saying: “The Merchants was the best rugby pub last year and it’s the best rugby pub this year.

“It’s a rugby pub even when there’s no matches on, and it’s 200m from where William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran with it.”

Douglas Hardie, president of Melrose Rugby Club, congratulated the pub for retaining the title.

He said: “When we launched this competition last year we could tell how loyal and supportive fans were of their locals – and we’ve had an even bigger response this year.

“We could sense the pride and passion that fans have for rugby and their local pubs from their feedback.”

The Melrose Sevens tournament takes place on April 13.

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